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Steelers release Willie Colon

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After cutting James Harrison, the climate wasn’t good for overpriced veterans in Pittsburgh.

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers have released offensive lineman Willie Colon.

This one has been coming for a while, and was no surprise. Colon was scheduled to make $5.5 million, and when the Steelers didn’t approach him about a restructure, it was clear they were ready to move on with younger linemen.

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32 Responses to “Steelers release Willie Colon”
  1. steelerdynasty2010 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:34 PM

    cant make the club in the tub….good luck. hopefully he’ll find a way to stay healthy. not bad when he’s actually on the field.

  2. pgh15212 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:38 PM

    I always thought it was ironic that colon stinks!

  3. brunnecr says: Mar 13, 2013 12:38 PM

    Addition by subtraction.

  4. dwnhillwhaler says: Mar 13, 2013 12:42 PM

    love that picture, looks like he just read news of his being cut on the scoreboard.

  5. blackngold4life says: Mar 13, 2013 12:42 PM

    good dude. Just couldn’t beat the injury bug..

  6. keiselsbeard says: Mar 13, 2013 12:42 PM

    Thank You, God!

  7. ruthlessburgher says: Mar 13, 2013 12:43 PM

    I hope releasing Colon is a prelude to bringing back Keenan Lewis.

  8. unbiased75 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:48 PM

    At right tackle he was an ok run blocker and not a good pass protector. He showed promise at guard. This has less to do with being an over priced veteran and more about him not being able to stay healthy.

  9. Sackville Rc says: Mar 13, 2013 12:48 PM

    It is the right time for this team to get younger. Wait any longer, and they could be in the cellar of that divison for awhile. Do it now and they remain competitive.

  10. lennydpocketqb says: Mar 13, 2013 12:50 PM

    Wow. The Steelers have no colon. They should go to a doctor and get that looked at. So who is going to be on the Steelers D this year?

  11. sd0wn says: Mar 13, 2013 12:51 PM

    Colon suffered a severe high ankle sprain while receiving the news he’s been cut. He has been placed on IR for the 2013 season.

  12. Steeley McBeam says: Mar 13, 2013 1:00 PM

    The real question is are they cutting him outright which saves them a little more than 1 MM this year or with the June 1 designation which saves them all 5 this year but costs 4 in dead money next year? I hope its the former.

  13. drunkshortbusmunkeys says: Mar 13, 2013 1:00 PM

    Don’t understand why the Steelers didn’t try to trade this guy? Would think they could have gotten at least a 7th round pick for him from a OL needy team like the Cardinals or Bears? Don’t understand why the Steelers never trade these players instead of just cutting him. My understanding is they will probably use June 1st as a cut date so why get rid of him now?

  14. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:12 PM

    Our wisdom knows no bounds.

  15. scchamil says: Mar 13, 2013 1:13 PM

    A headline that definitely required his first name…

  16. germanstingray says: Mar 13, 2013 1:19 PM

    A colon cleansing in Pittsburgh.

  17. jeffa43 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:21 PM

    Keenan Lewis !

    Let’s keep #1 d going.

  18. ottograham says: Mar 13, 2013 1:35 PM

    Really hope this is a precursor to locking up Keenan Lewis long term. We need him if we expect to succeed defensively this season.

  19. blackngold4life says: Mar 13, 2013 1:43 PM

    Just what I said..just don’t let players walk for nothing

  20. bobzilla1001 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:51 PM

    Roethlisberger will probably spend training camp parading around in his buddy’s No. 74 jersey in an effort to convince the Steelers’ front office it made a mistake. Undermining management’s decisions is what “leaders” do.

  21. steelerben says: Mar 13, 2013 1:55 PM

    Somehow I doubt the Steelers just cut him without considering a trade. But, if you reach out to a few teams and they are also disinterested in paying someone $5.5 million to pick up a handful of holding penalties and false starts before going onto IR you cut the guy and move on.

  22. Deb says: Mar 13, 2013 2:00 PM

    Never understood why so many in the league considered Colon a top talent. But it’s been so long since he played a full season, it’s hard to remember back that far. Nothing personal, but I’m glad to see the dead weight go. If he can find a place on another team and stay healthy, I wish him well.

  23. lopeone says: Mar 13, 2013 2:00 PM

    FOR THE LOVE OF GOD START MAKING MOVES. You can’t just trim the fat, now we’re left with nothing but bones.

  24. ravenator says: Mar 13, 2013 4:12 PM

    Steelers can’t make any moves because they are broke, B-R-O-K-E, broke! Maybe if their fans could understand a little accounting they might see how Colbert was ruining their franchise.

  25. lopeone says: Mar 13, 2013 4:28 PM

    steelers have around 9.5 mil left after they release colon in june… typical know nothing ravens fan can’t even do basic math. I’m shocked…

  26. ravenator says: Mar 13, 2013 4:52 PM

    Yes congrats you have some cap space this year after releasing the entire core of players. What about next year when it balloons again and your team is in the same position, or the year after, or the year after that? Then what? Release Pouncey? Hahah, get ready, cause that’s what’s going to happen. Your front office decided it’d be a good strategy to rob peter to pay paul. Awful, and now you’re starting to see why you sign the likes of Plaxico and not a top tier receiver to replace Wallace. Have fun with that mess. Cheers!

  27. clashpoint says: Mar 13, 2013 6:24 PM

    The steelers have a pretty young team that just got younger. Its not like colon controbuted much the last three years. The steelers have plenty of young talent on the offensive line with the top six guys at 4 years or less. I’m excited about this line and if it can moderately avoid injuries they are going to excel.

  28. dickson29 says: Mar 13, 2013 7:06 PM

    We are going to miss all those yellow flags. “Holding on number 74″

  29. tobiasjodter says: Mar 13, 2013 9:00 PM

    We always referred to him as “False Start” Colon.

  30. fyocker says: Mar 13, 2013 10:21 PM

    I created an account to leave a comment just to say I love Ravenator. I hate the Ravens but the fact that he spends every waking moment reading Steeler articles and commenting on them makes me think he secretly has a pink Roethlisberger jersey he wears everyday. As a Steeler fan I could learn from his dedication and passion for the Steelers.

  31. bubbahotepp says: Mar 13, 2013 10:50 PM

    Bye bye, Penalty machine.

  32. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Mar 14, 2013 10:34 AM

    In the last 12 months, the Steelers have lost James Harrison, Willie Colon and Hines Ward. That is a LOT of NASTY to lose — we are a much less intimidating presence on both sides of the ball. It’s downright depressing.

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